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The American Heart Association cites physical inactivity as the 5th major risk factor for coronary disease.
· Family history
· High cholesterol
· High fat
· Smoking
· Physical activity

According to a special report by the National Institute on Aging, delaying nursing home stays nationwide by only one month would result in a savings of 4 billion dollars annually.

From age 65-84, the average decline in strength equals 1.5% per year.
· Declines in strength are linked with increased risk of falls, increased frailty and loss of functional independence.
· Physical inactivity accelerates the age-related decline in strength.

Falls are the leading cause of accidental death among adults over 75 years of age.
· 1 in 3 adults over 65 will fall at least once a year.
· Over 50% of those hospitalized from a fall will die within one year.

Frail seniors aged 72-98 showed remarkable improvements as a result of strength training.
· Strength increased 113%
· Walking speed increased 12%
· Stair climbing power increased 28%

The age related decline in bone density can be significantly impacted by strength training.
· Post menopausal women increased bone mineral density 6.3% with1 year of strength training
· The bone density of sedentary post menopausal women declined by 3.7% during the same time period.

An increase of only 7.7% in the resting metabolic rate of a 180-pound person can result in an increase of 50,000 calories expended yearly. This can result in a 14-pound loss of fat even if diet and daily activity remain constant.

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